Mad Like Alyce

Cinco De Mayo: Bridal Shower!

Something exciting in my neck of the woods recently is my little brother’s upcoming wedding… in just 2 weeks!!! As a bridesmaid and soon to be sister of the bride, I threw a bridal shower the weekend of May 7th, and since Carrie, the bride, loves Mexican food, we agreed on shaking up the traditional shower decor for a Cinco De Mayo theme!

Cinco De Mayo Party

One of the major benefits of doing a Cinco de Mayo party is the food choices were perfect for a party where you are not sure what the guest attendance will be. While we certainly sent out formal invites and asked for an RSVP, there were a LOT of unknowns, and this theme worked perfectly. Serving chips & dips allowed us to only open food as needed for guests, and while we had plenty of the Churro Puppy Chow made, and extra Margarita Cupcakes, both were easy to send home with guests with cute doggie bags.

I also realize now that I am incredibly camera shy with some of my posts. Guests began to arrive before we had gotten everything set up, and I was a bit timid with my photo taking… resulting in a couple of rushed photos. I’m not a huge fan of being “that person” who takes selfies at attractions or goes boldly around town taking carefully posed Instagram photos or doing outfit shots. I hate to think that I am still that self conscious, but its the truth. Something to work on I guess.

Decor

Just a little bit of decoration goes a long way, and tissue paper flowers are incredibly easy to make and very inexpensive when you make them yourself.

Corona “Vases”

corona2

Paper Flowers

flowers7

Food

In addition to chips, salsa, and dip, we also served margarita cupcakes and chocolate churro puppy chow, which is probably the best puppy chow I have ever made!

Margarita Cupcakes

margarita1

Chocolate Churro Puppy Chow

chow3

 

Bridal Shower Games

With grandparents and aunts present, it is best to stick with appropriate party games, and it only takes a handful of games before the gift opening. Its also fun to have gifts for the winners of each game, and Target’s “Bullseye’s Playground” has some awesome options for just $1, such as stationary or other fun items.

Don’t Say Bride

bride1

This is a fun game to start with to break the ice. The concept is that everyone gets a ring when they arrive, and saying “bride” loses you your ring to whoever calls you on it. The person with the most rings at the end wins! I loved the handouts for the game, and I re-created it without any names on it, and have it here for you to download!

What’s In Your Purse?

Purse

A bridal shower classic, this is a great game to start with, as it gets everyone digging into their purses and discussing how they never put anything in their purse, and how others put everything! Not surprised my mom cleaned house on this one. I also re-created this game without any bride specific names for download as well! Color is the coral from Carrie’s wedding colors.

For more games, I highly recommend checking out this post from Beau-Coup. While I didn’t use all of them, I did do the “ask the bride” and “Pass the Presents”. Whatever games you choose to play, just remember to have fun!

 

 

Hello!

Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Instagram

  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

@madlikealyce

Costume & Makeup Tutorials

Follow Me